Linda Maxson

Paintings, Ceramic Tiles and Murals, Clay Monoprints, Sculptures
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Linda earned an Associate in Fine Arts after leaving her job of 22 years with a global corporation.  For several years, she drew upon her interest in nature to create sculptures and reliefs in clay. In her quest to make two-dimensional art with clay, she discovered clay monoprints while training with Mitch Lyons, the artist known internationally for pioneering the process. Linda’s fascination with clay also influences her acrylic and mixed media paintings. Striving to bring more texture and relief into her paintings, her recent work involves adding burlap or parts of her clay monoprints to her acrylic paintings, creating added depth, texture and intrigue. This relief reveals shapes and contours that Linda strives to enhance, rather than control, allowing the piece to take on a life of its own. The combination of layers of colors along with the shadows and movement of the texture give her paintings a distinctive flow or “dance” with the medium. Whether painting or working in clay, Linda strives to capture the emotion and energy she feels when creating a piece.

One of my favorite quotes sums up how I try to approach my art.

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the things you can't see from the center. — Kurt Vonnegut

I try to be fearless and always authentic in everything I create. I have always been drawn to the patterns, shapes and especially textures in nature.  That's my starting point.  But without emotive content, it's just pretty art.  That's my challenge.   — Linda Maxson

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS

2019-2020  Maxson Art Studio and Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2019-2020  A Tale of Survival by Linda Maxson and Debi Grupe, Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, temporary installation in Palm Springs International Airport, Palm Springs, CA
2020          It’s All About the Kids, Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, CA
2019          A Tale of Survival in the Face of Crushing Inertia, Collaboration by Linda Maxson and Debi Grupe, Maxson Art Studio and Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2019          Big Hearts for Little Hearts,  Hearts of Hope Campaign for Loma Linda Children’s University, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2018          ACE, Artist’s Council Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2018          Art for Animals, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA
2017          Annual Art Auction, Living Desert, Palm Desert, CA
2016-2019  Maxson Art Studio and Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2014          Art Under the Umbrellas, Old Town LaQuinta, CA
2014          Beg, Borrow and Steal, 17th Annual Palm Springs Juried Art Show, Palm Springs, CA
2014          Indian Wells Arts Festival, Indian Wells, CA
2013          16th Annual Palm Springs Juried Art Show, Palm Springs, CA
2013          1st Annual Exhibition of The Saguaro Hotel (partnership with the Palm Springs Art Museum), Palm Springs, CA
2012          Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
2012          ACE, Artist’s Council Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2012          Indian Wells Arts Festival, Indian Wells, CA
2012          15th Annual Palm Springs Juried Art Show, Palm Springs, CA
2011          ACE, Artist’s Council Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA